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No home for Willy T! Gov't denies anchorage @ Norman Island

-Premier Smith & Hon Christian reportedly told owner of Willy T to find new location
Looking for a home! Willy T docked at Tortola Pier Park after being denied anchorage at Norman Island. Photo: Team of Reporters
Brand new Willy T, a floating restaurant and bar and one of the Virgin Islands (VI) main tourist attraction arrived on May 10, 2018 and is now being asked to find a new location. Photo: Facebook
Brand new Willy T, a floating restaurant and bar and one of the Virgin Islands (VI) main tourist attraction arrived on May 10, 2018 and is now being asked to find a new location. Photo: Facebook
In a meeting on May 10, 2018 with Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) left, and Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL) right, Junior Minister for Tourism, they told Ewan Anderson, owner of Willy T that he has to find a new location for his boat. Photo: VINO/File
In a meeting on May 10, 2018 with Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) left, and Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL) right, Junior Minister for Tourism, they told Ewan Anderson, owner of Willy T that he has to find a new location for his boat. Photo: VINO/File
Brand new Willy T is up and ready. Photo: Facebook
Brand new Willy T is up and ready. Photo: Facebook
The famous Willy T was severely damaged during the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The famous Willy T was severely damaged during the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
NORMAN ISLAND, VI– One of the territory’s main tourist attractions, Willy T, a floating restaurant and bar, is being kicked out of its usual location.

The floating restaurant that usually operates on the south-west of The Bight at Norman Island was completely destroyed by the powerful winds of Hurricane Irma in September 2017 but was replaced by a new vessel.

The world-renowned Willy T is known for its parties and a place to get away to enjoy some good food and rum, while enjoying the ambience of the water or moonlight.

In addition, Willy T, floating restaurant and bar boat, has attracted local residents and visitors from all over the world, along with day sailors from the neighbouring [US] Virgin Islands.

“They are kicking us out the bay”

In an exclusive interview with our newsroom, Mr Ewan Anderson, owner of Willy T, told our news site today, May 11, 2018 that he was called to a meeting yesterday with Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), and Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL), Junior Minister for Tourism, where he was told that he has to find a new location for the Willy T because they have a “large development on Norman Island that does not want the Willy T in the bay”.

He explained, “Basically they are kicking us out the bay. Categorically, they said to me they have a large development they want to sign off on, and Norman Island that does not want the Willy T in the bay.”

Mr Anderson, who has expressed disappointment and frustration with the decision, stated that he spent approximately half a million dollars for the new boat, while disclosing that the decision was based on money.

“I spent a half a million dollars and they are kicking us out of a location that we have been for 35 years and it’s all to do with money. They literally told me about it yesterday and they basically said that we want you to move to another location, just like that,” expressed Mr Anderson angrily.

“I feel disgusted and sick to my stomach”

Meanwhile, the owner of Willy T strongly expressed that he feels “disgusted and sick to his stomach” about the decision taken to have the Willy T removed from its usual location, adding that is has been one of the major tourist attractions for the Virgin Islands (VI).

“...and they just decided that they don’t want us back in the normal location. I don’t get it. Every charter company and everybody promote the BVI and the Willy T is a part of that promotion.”

He further explained that the seabed does not belong to anybody, while pointing out that the Willy T has a seabed lease at its usual location.

Mr Anderson indicated that the Willy T is a brand new boat that is a little bit bigger with all its usual facilities on board and it is all ready to go, but sadly noted that at the moment it has nowhere to go.

173 Responses to “No home for Willy T! Gov't denies anchorage @ Norman Island”

  • 123 (11/05/2018, 11:33) Like (82) Dislike (10) Reply
    well sah the NDP is run by the rich on the sister islands
    • Priorities (11/05/2018, 16:18) Like (18) Dislike (17) Reply
      It's so interesting the amount of comments for this post, yet other issues like crime are shunned and left in the dark. SMH
    • !!!!#### (11/05/2018, 19:58) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      @123, only now you realize that? Those white apron white glove wearing yes sir master NDP's will sell out their own people and Country to the highest bidder.
  • one eye (11/05/2018, 11:37) Like (53) Dislike (14) Reply
    thanks vino with out you the light of democracy will go out in the BVI
  • politricks (11/05/2018, 11:50) Like (68) Dislike (4) Reply
    seek legal advice, get an injunction thru the courts. Best of luck! Monies done promised - palms done greased with greenbacks.
    • yes (11/05/2018, 15:08) Like (35) Dislike (9) Reply
      Those F#:;ing two faced snakes in the grass. You know who you are, messing with the man business for a few more morsel of cheese.
    • Well (11/05/2018, 17:23) Like (11) Dislike (40) Reply
      You sound very ignorant! The seabed belongs to the Crown and they have the right not to renew the licence as it has expired. I will watch that one play out because he has no leg to stand on.
  • Vg man (11/05/2018, 11:55) Like (95) Dislike (4) Reply
    We welcome you VG.Lots of spot up here.
    • for real (11/05/2018, 13:49) Like (64) Dislike (8) Reply
      Dude, come up to VG. We will welcome you with open arms. The tourist will follow you up here. screw Tortola, their lost, VG gain.
      • ??? (11/05/2018, 19:45) Like (14) Dislike (11) Reply
        The boat use to be at Norman Island you clown, not Tortola. Their loss, not their lost...
    • VG Girl (11/05/2018, 14:21) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
      Yes! Go VG ! Nice spot
  • wise up (11/05/2018, 11:57) Like (54) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ok so why the government didn’t tell the people before and what is the stores didn’t damage the old Willy T would been ask to moved o and it wasn’t surprising bvi running the tourist.
  • Earth (11/05/2018, 12:05) Like (28) Dislike (64) Reply
    How has the Willy T during its operation, been disposing of its waste?.
    .
    • See (11/05/2018, 12:55) Like (32) Dislike (5) Reply
      Same way the govt does fool
    • Wako (11/05/2018, 13:13) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
      this is so dumb! this Is iconic attraction! is been there for many years and is in a perfect spot. cus they come from usvi to lime there.
    • resident (11/05/2018, 13:38) Like (46) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why aren’t you concerned with waste disposal of literally every charter boat and other businesses in the BVI??
    • @ Earth (11/05/2018, 13:44) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      same way the others have
    • @Earth (11/05/2018, 13:49) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
      They (Willy T) been disposing if it’s waste same way as you - by yuh momma’s spinach garden....how’s dem chicken wings...?
    • Biggie D (11/05/2018, 13:49) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      Obviously, you have never been to da VI.
    • Truth (11/05/2018, 14:04) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
      I think Mr Anderson may have other things on his mind right now. However I understand it was either taken ashore on staff boat or collected. NOT thrown in sea.
      • The Nerve (11/05/2018, 15:35) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        Exactly, they had a bit called the wet willie that took the trash to Tortola! All charter boats in BVI have the toilet waste go straight into the ocean. I should know, I work on one.
        • moo (12/05/2018, 07:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Yeah almost all the excursions dump shit inside the commercial zone ..name one that doesnt
    • Hmmm (11/05/2018, 14:41) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      Did not mean to ruffle your feathers.
      A sensitive subject evidently.
      Good luck. With attitude such as this Willy will need it.
  • ??? (11/05/2018, 12:36) Like (46) Dislike (1) Reply
    The owner of the island probably giving orders...
  • just wrong (11/05/2018, 12:37) Like (64) Dislike (1) Reply
    And they say they want to promote tourism. Just not believing this. Totally outrageous ..... :(
  • frustrated (11/05/2018, 12:51) Like (35) Dislike (2) Reply
    Bomolochacracy: It means government by clowns.
    Different from Kleptocracy (government by thieves), different from Idiocracy or Kakistocracy (government by the worst possible people).
  • See (11/05/2018, 12:54) Like (51) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ignorant oieces of sh- - . Keep chasing the tourists away you pathetic fools . No one wants a $15 drink at the other place . We have just become more stupid and more racist every day in our country.... sorry to say . The Willy T has been an icon in the BVI for decades . SMFH !!
  • What!! (11/05/2018, 12:56) Like (35) Dislike (2) Reply
    So sorry Ewan, disgusting treatment from our government but I know you and you will come back stronger than before with the WillyT in a new location. Waiting for the opening party.
  • Pansy (11/05/2018, 13:02) Like (15) Dislike (15) Reply
    Mr. Anderson, if I were u I would work obeah on them. I know for sure it makes the Priemer weak to his knees and he usually gives in right after
  • z6ne (11/05/2018, 13:07) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Come CSY... We welcome you !!
  • Caribbean Sailor (11/05/2018, 13:24) Like (45) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rediculous! The Willy T is an institution in the Bight. With the downturn is tourism after the storms and other island regions coming into favor, this is exactly the type of short sighted decision to further harm the BVI tourism product.
  • Leave Willy T (11/05/2018, 13:32) Like (55) Dislike (1) Reply

    One Job ... we talk about supporting local businesses and bringing the country back to how it used to be, but yet we’re taking out a major part of what it means to vacation in the BVI ?. This is absolutely ridiculous !!! 35 years it’s been there why should it move now ??
  • the people (11/05/2018, 13:34) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
    If the owner and master of Norman Island won’t allow you to drop your anchor there then try his other Island - Guyana Island.
    • Sailor girl (11/05/2018, 15:57) Like (54) Dislike (3) Reply
      Not ever ever going to pirates bight restaurant again.
      • Adios (11/05/2018, 18:46) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
        You probably aren’t the clientele they want. Don’t take it as an insult, but they want folks who willingly pay over the top prices for drinks etc. They don’t want the average sailor anymore.
      • Boycott the bite! (11/05/2018, 21:26) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
        Let’s stand behind the Willie T.
        Boycott Pirates Bite!
        • WATERMAN (12/05/2018, 00:45) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
          Bring the Willie T to StThomas where the boaters will appreciate her.
    • @ the people (11/05/2018, 17:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is Guyana Island located?
  • BRAD BOYNES (11/05/2018, 13:34) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all know who OWNS Norman Island AND who owns the NDP government? Remember the owner had the government kill all the goats on that island. Rico hombres Blanco. Quidate. $$$. I await Rubber Duck's comments.
    • Rubber Duck (11/05/2018, 19:25) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Nice to know someone reads them. Below I reveal the first part of the governments Master Plan for Tourism .

      Now I have been shown the second part. The Taxi Drivers Association has been given absolute right to make all decisions on all matters relating to tourism except on Norman and Guana Islands. They will also be in charge of the New Airport. A government spokesman said “ BVI taxis represent the standards we think all other tourist business should aspire to” before announcing a further $5 million dollar grant to Taxi Drivers that is says comes from an anymous donor on Norman Island.
  • Colin M (11/05/2018, 13:39) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am greatly saddened to hear that they have disallowed the Willy T to return to its original location, and that they are seeking to approve a "large development" on Norman. I hope that they will reconsider their decision, and come to realize the draw that the Willy T and surrounding undeveloped areas have to your tourist industry.
  • Truth (11/05/2018, 13:45) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    The owner even tho he is white born in the BVI, this is injustice but they love the man who is on the college board more than their own
  • Not2Sure (11/05/2018, 13:46) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    another clear example of where the NDP hates locals. I will boycott the march over this
  • jvd residents (11/05/2018, 13:53) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Anchor out at diamond Cay jost van dyke .... we have plenty room
  • Lily Ann (11/05/2018, 13:55) Like (53) Dislike (1) Reply

    I wonder if the owners of Pirates Bight restaurant is behind this .... Willie T is the greatest threat in the bay to their business ...

    • John (11/05/2018, 14:35) Like (56) Dislike (0) Reply
      Of course they are part of it. You do know who bought into Norman Island... don't you. Seek the information and you will find it.
    • Bingo - A winner! (11/05/2018, 16:45) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Spot on!!!
    • Okayyyy (11/05/2018, 17:46) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Of course Pirates Bight is involved in it. There is enough pie where everyone can get a slice. But, when you want that whole pie, You are going to get F$@ked. Not by someone beating your A&&, but Karma.
    • Come on Lily ann (11/05/2018, 19:51) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      You really can't be that slow. Of course they are who's behind it.
  • CGB resident (11/05/2018, 13:57) Like (43) Dislike (2) Reply
    This Gov’t sucks beyond belief. There are no words for how incompent it is. The Willy T is an BVI icon. Tourists come just to say they experienced it. How can they spring this on them when they had to know,they were looking for a replacement. I wish all of us expats that live here, employ “belongers” had the balls to pull roots and relocate to the USVI who would welcome us with open arms. This is totally unbelievable!!!!! impeach, impeach, impeach. Thoroughly disgusted. This is,the straw that broke the camels back.
    • @CGB (11/05/2018, 16:05) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      All expats living in the BVI and employ " belongers" that are " thoroughly disgusted" and knows with no uncertainty that the USVI would welcome you with open arms won't grow balls and relocate . Why.? Because it would make the locals in the VI very happy.and why should you do that? Why should you leave your country plop yourself down elsewhere and make locals happy when you cannot whip them into submission and control?
  • sandymwp (11/05/2018, 14:07) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
    If I find out what the "development" is, I will not spend one dime at that business. If anything the Willie T brings tourists to Pirates Bight, where money is spent at the restaurants on the beach. We have frequented both and spent money at each place....cocktails on the Willie T and dinners on the beach. Hope it is a new development that, not the current business, and that whichever company is doing this fails big time.
    • Jane (11/05/2018, 16:11) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      The same American owns Norman Island as Guana Island. He also owns Pirates Bight. He has extremely deep pockets.
      • Rubber Duck (11/05/2018, 19:38) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
        Not quite as deep as before. Neither of his islands were insured. Losses were considerable. Maybe he can’t stand any competition on Norman anymore.
        • Roscoe (13/05/2018, 18:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          The alleged development on Norman Is. won’t happen anytime soon. Willie T should be able to stay there until it’s finished. (haha it probably never will be!) Total greed by owner of Norman Is. Political nonsense!
  • keep it real (11/05/2018, 14:11) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come to the USVI we will find her a home.
  • RoTo (11/05/2018, 14:19) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry, but if there's no Willy T at Norman we will find a different stop for our first night going forward.
  • Thinking? (11/05/2018, 14:22) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    I wonder if this “development” means that they are selling some or all of Norman island. Well that is if it is owned entirely by the government. Just a thought ???
  • Schoonersatori (11/05/2018, 14:32) Like (38) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s obvious the politicians in all of the virgin islands are paid off by the developers. Nepotism is alive And well in all of the virgin islands. The politicians could care less about the people. Their pockets are real fat now
  • Political Observer (PO) (11/05/2018, 14:42) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is the real story here? Was the owners of Willie T apprised in a timely manner that they would have to seek another home base? If no, why the late notice after the company invested allegedly $500K? If this story is true, this is poor customer service and a poor business practice. Nonetheless, all stories have at least three sides. Willie T has given its side; what is government side? What is the truth? Is William Thorton the same person that designed the Capital Building in Washington, DC?
  • NICK (11/05/2018, 14:43) Like (78) Dislike (2) Reply
    Dr. Smith.....you lost my vote over this one. The BVI has never needed tourists more than now. There is nothing for tourists to do here and the Willy T is what they want.

    Also, this so called resort has not even begun construction , which will take 3 -5 years. PUT IT BACK !
  • Kelli (11/05/2018, 14:46) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does the bay realize that their businesses in that bay exist is because the Willy T was there!! Where ever you go we will follow - We will have no reason to stop on Norman Island if your not there.
    • Jackson (18/08/2018, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      "no reason to stop on Norman Island if [the floating bar is] not there". Wow that says about all you need to know about what the BVI have become.
  • west end (11/05/2018, 14:47) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    How bout Sopers Hole?!? Ian Smith ain’t doin a dam thing with Pussers Landing.
  • shark (11/05/2018, 14:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The school children say that the guy from on the cay to the north say he don't want it back there..them is who running the country.
  • True (11/05/2018, 14:56) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    So Jareki wants to build a big resort on his island, let him, but no one owns the seabed except the Crown, they license it and The Willy T has a seabed license. BEACHES ARE PUBLIC BUT NOW BAYS AREN'T!
  • More ! (11/05/2018, 15:07) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    More lost of Jobs. More pain.. These two Doctors are very inhumane and disappointing..
  • Willy T Watchdog (11/05/2018, 15:17) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let me get this straight...
    Pirates Bight is owned by the same company that is developing Norman Island.
    That is the same company that owns Guana Island.
    That is the same company who has been in the gov’t Pocket for how many years?
    It is crystal clear that they are running their competition off their turf and out of their hood.
    Charterers come to the Bight for the famous Willy T.
    Once the Willy T goes to a different anchorage the clientele will follow.
    Pirates Bight business will suffer, because less boats will come to The Bight.
    They will be in the Willy T anchorage.
    Willy T wins, no matter where they go!
    Pirates Bight, Jereki, and BVI Government will just look like a bunch of Elitists in the eyes of the tourists who’s money pays for all the worker bees to feed and house their families.
    Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!!
    • belonger (11/05/2018, 20:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Same man fingers many pies. Check out CCT.
      • Plank (12/05/2018, 08:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        He sold his shares in CCT years ago CSU’s the ‘investors’ NDP wouldn’t reinvest in he company - so it’s now owned by Medicare and peeps
  • wondering (11/05/2018, 15:18) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why weren't the owners of Willy T told? The coming of the new Willy T has been well publicized. This is horrible!!
  • Tourist (11/05/2018, 15:20) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    When we visit the BVI, we like to visit Willy T's. Make things hard for him, and we will not come back. Willy, T's is ICONIC.
  • wondering (11/05/2018, 15:20) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why didn't the Government tell the owners of Willy T. The new Willy T coming has not been a secret. This is horrible!
  • Stj girl (11/05/2018, 15:27) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    I'm so confused by these happenings. We've gone to the Willie T. at least once a year for nearly 20 years. They've raised customs fees to $75 dollars per person, already. It seems they don't want us coming over from the USVI's anymore. Charter boats folks are very fed up, and it hurts their businesses a lot already. Come to the USVI, Willie T.!!! Please!!
  • ???? (11/05/2018, 15:30) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    How does this make sense? During a time of recovery when we are trying to promote the BVI and attract tourists back to the island, surely having another venue open for business can only be a good thing. People will go to Norman because of the Willy T. The two go hand in hand. Short sighted decision that should be reconsidered
  • wize up (11/05/2018, 15:31) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    when it comes to certain sectors of this BVI society some of you will your lungs out in thier defense(just saying)
  • Jill (11/05/2018, 15:31) Like (3) Dislike (22) Reply
    Too Bad. Mr Anderson will get over it just like the BVI will have to get over dictations by the UK.

  • voter (11/05/2018, 15:31) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ndp gone this time hurry come fahie
  • Hmm (11/05/2018, 15:31) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Seems to me to be a case of "where tourists go" Pirates and Willy T are in the same vicinity and persons can choose to dinghy over to Willy T or to Pirates.. I'm sure they both will make their equal share of money. Enough to go around.. Make your product attractive and may the best business win!

    Sorry to hear however, willy T is indeed an iconic part of the tourism product!
  • Dave (11/05/2018, 15:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a ridiculous decision by the government. How do we put pressure on them to change their mind? What legal remedies are available? According to the article, Mr. Anderson has a seabed lease at the normal Willy T location. Someone needs to start a legal fund for Willy T.
  • SG (11/05/2018, 15:46) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    That makes Norman island just a day stop for us now. We'll stop for the Caves and the Indians, but there's no reason to stay onernight now.
  • Tourist from Cali (11/05/2018, 15:57) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    My wife and I sually come to the BVI once a year for our wedding anniversary and make a visit to the bight a part of our trip. We saw that the Willy T was coming back ... and we said to each other let’s go twice this year and celebrate the return ... put some money into the system. It was the Willy T coming back to the night that was spurring the decision ... to read this is simply sad and short sighted decision by the government. If I owned a business near the Willy T, I would be thrilled ... it would bring more business to the immediate area.
  • Town? (11/05/2018, 16:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pretty crap choices left in town right now. Maybe leave it on the old ferry dock or Cane GB during the slow season for the residents then when the tourists come back, Peter Island or Bitter End for a season
  • Jarecki (11/05/2018, 16:11) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jarecki who owns Norman island and Guana island seems to also own the bvi government...
    • Wtf you doin (11/05/2018, 19:36) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      Be real greedy ones, you have no idea how much damage to the tourism you will do... Don't be FOOLISH!!!
  • art1 (11/05/2018, 16:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    ok, lets move past the stumbling block of location. what will it take to secure new spot? same set of hoops to jump thru? there is always a plan b, let ewan know suggestions, vg or otherwise!
  • Tadpole (11/05/2018, 16:26) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is most unfortunate and isn't helping the BVI at all, particularly since they've raised the departure fees so high that our USVI visitors are looking twice before booking any charter to the BVI. It almost seems as though they're doing everything they can to turn people away from visiting their shores.
  • Real (11/05/2018, 16:28) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    The people need to march down to the Admin about this.. they talking about them being for the people, yeah right....set of disgrace
  • See (11/05/2018, 16:39) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    TTOL people speak up for once . Everything is not rosey
  • BigAl (11/05/2018, 16:40) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well no reason to go all the way to Norman Island anymore. Hopefully he’ll bring the Willy T over to the north sound. Unbelievable.
  • Yah! (11/05/2018, 16:41) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now this we should march for!
  • Charter Business (11/05/2018, 16:44) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    I truly hate this is happening. I am hoping you can find a solution and the only positive I can think of is if you find a place between Jost and the Baths it will save so many Charters time and Fuel. Coming from St. Thomas it is always hard to fit in the baths, jost and Willy T for guest. How amazing will it be if we can offer all 3 places to the guest and never have to travel to (Norman, Peter, cooper side again) Good Luck finding our next amazing destination for all of us to visit you!
  • curt (11/05/2018, 16:53) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Seriously, BVI's???
  • Harry (11/05/2018, 17:13) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Willie T is a must see, and must stop attraction in the BVI. It's an institution. Wherever she drops anchor, the crowds will follow her there, and continue to spend a lot of money there. It is the most fun bar in the islands, by far. I'll be back in October, and will definitely be stopping by there on at least one occasion, and probably more.
  • Bri St Thomas (11/05/2018, 17:14) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI is doing everything to discourage tourist. If you look at social media in st thomas and St. John there is a lot of excitement about the return of the Willy T. The US Virgin Islanders spend a lot of time and money in the BVI, however, many of us are discourage by the high custom fees for a day trip. $60-$70 custom fee per person is an exorbitant amount and has stopped the weekend visits many us enjoyed several times a month. The loss of the Willy T is just another reason not to spend our time and money in the BVI. In addition Norman island is not a huge attraction, many of us would only stop there because of the Willy T. I think Norman island will actually lose business by not having the Willy T in that location. The more you can attract people to the area of Norman Island the better it is for all businesses. Wake up BVI you are killing your tourism.
    • Agree (11/05/2018, 22:00) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are right on the money. BVI is poking holes in their tourism industry...their struggling economy with stupid political decisions. Talk about kick a man when he’s down. There are other countries who would appreciate the help and it’s shame because so many concerned tourist want to go to BVIs to support the recovery. It seems they enjoy bad publicity. We too were excited about Willy T.
  • wow (11/05/2018, 17:24) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    And the NDP supporters r no way to be found lets hear the NDP part of the story
  • ndp (11/05/2018, 17:30) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    National Disgrace Party! This government don't care about no one but themselves and associates. This is crystal clear and you don't need rocket science to prove it. Once money is involve they quick to sell out. Elections hurry come lets get rid all them bastards.
  • how much more damage can the NDP do? (11/05/2018, 17:40) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    It seems the NDP will not be happy until we are not happy! This is one of the major attractions in the BVI and the NDP going to close it just like that after a local, who has been there for years AND just spent 500K on a new vessel tries to restart his business after the storms. This man asked for NO assistance to rebuild after he lost everything and then the NDP kicks him right in the you-know-whats and knocks him back to nothing again.
    Shame on you NDP. I hope you are voted out and never see the light of day again politically!
  • Norman (11/05/2018, 17:47) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    I won’t Be visiting that new development on Norman Island.
    • Umm (11/05/2018, 20:29) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      You won’t be welcome. It’s the same person who owns Guana Is. Try going ashore there and see what they tell you!
  • BVI Charter Sailor (11/05/2018, 18:02) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    I bring folks to Norman Island every winter - sometimes two or three times. Why? Because it's unspoiled and undeveloped. And they're doing a development??? First, Scrub - now this??? Why would we want to come look at that? And the iconic Willy T... if it's true they yanked the seabed out from under him with no advance notice, that's disgraceful. Makes me want to take a longer, harder look at doing more trips in other Caribbean locations. I don't know what percentage of tourism and revenue the charter industry is in BVI, but it's huge and important. Why cramp its style for something the world just doesn't need more of? One sailor man's opinion.
  • tola (11/05/2018, 18:04) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not nice
  • Boom (11/05/2018, 18:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Come VG....
  • $$$ Tourist €€€ Doug (11/05/2018, 18:40) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will sign a pledge to never return to Norman Island and encourage others to pass on spending any money on any of these “developments”. The honorable somebody’s just pissed off thousands of wealthy sailors.
    • Tourist West Coast (11/05/2018, 19:42) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am willing to sign that pledge also and spend my money in St.John. No Willy T's, there is no reason for me to visit Norman Island. Tortola tourism is slowly declining. Willy T's brings in the tourist. Why mess that up for some damn development that we the $$$$$$$ tourist could care less about.
    • Bri St Thomas (11/05/2018, 23:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I will sign that pledge, and I know many others that will
    • julie citron (13/05/2018, 14:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Pledged
  • dog (11/05/2018, 18:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well well well hmm . So the people who own Norman island hade to pay them of to get this . Am so sorry fore the people in tola. The government really need to get out them don’t know what them doing
  • Cap’n Marty’s Island Hop (11/05/2018, 18:47) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This has been our lunch stop for nearly 20 years and it’s always been the highlight of the day. How can they deny them to anchor there?!? There are other boats anchored all over the Bight, so why can’t they? I think Zeus is now in the government on Tortola, isn’t he? Can anyone find him and have him plea for the Willy T?
  • Jarecki (11/05/2018, 18:55) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    While I agree this is stupidness and clearly a Deal between Orlando Smith and Henry Jarecki - it’s a bad deal for the BVI. Henry never should have been aloud to to Purchase Norman Island. He already owned Guana Island. That two of the most beautiful islands in the country and unless your rich and paying to visit you can’t expencience the islands.
  • Rubber Duck (11/05/2018, 19:00) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI government announces its master plan for tourism. Willy T , SoggyDollar, Foxy’s , All bars in Cane Garden , Sugar Mill, Brandywine, Leverick Bay, Cooper Island, Coco Maya, Little Dix, Biras Creek , Pussers, Hog Heaven, Bitter End, Saba Rock , Wonky Dog, Neptune’s, Anagada Reef, to be closed.

    In future all food will be eaten and all drinks to be taken at places owned by New York Russian billionaires only and at the new impressive Backhander Restaurant at the 900 bedroom Holiday Inn express on Norman Island owned by the same.

    A special tourist encouragement tax of $100 per day to be charged on all tourists. ( Norman Island excempt )

  • Pirate Pete (11/05/2018, 19:00) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Bring it to Esparanza in Vieques PR . Protected bay easy access from land or by boat. No customs fees . She will fit right in with pirate island
    • Puerto Rico marina (11/05/2018, 19:54) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is out of this world such a decision
      All the Puerto Rican tha travel to BVI ARE disgust with a decision like this and most definitely will change the route that we will use next time we travel to the Bvi I hope this is a mistake and it will change
      Go willy T we will follow
  • Loyal (11/05/2018, 19:18) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where every Willy-T goes I will be there.
  • Do that (11/05/2018, 19:20) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well maybe they plan to do their own version of Willy T, wah you think. I honestly believe that Willy T being there Pirates got more business. Sometimes when Willy T is full people run over to pirates or just go there after. They feel threatened because Willy T does better but Willy T followers will follow Willy T.
  • ccc (11/05/2018, 19:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ndp are oppresors
  • Doctor Dumbass (11/05/2018, 19:36) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Orlando you killing this country - and c’mon meson - we all know whose jet you fly on when to go to Europe; Henry Jarecki’s Gulf Stream.
  • Ken c (11/05/2018, 19:36) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Change is difficult but where ever she sits we will find her!!! VG def needs the businesss and WT would gain customers visiting the island.
  • wondering (11/05/2018, 19:37) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    When the mooring balls will be removed at The Bight? New development = luxury homes.
  • Britain Save Us (11/05/2018, 19:48) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Never thought I’d so it but PLEASE! Parliament save us from this “Doctor” Save your people and your islands.
  • wize up (11/05/2018, 19:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    in today’s BVI money talk because so many small businesses have suffered and continues suffering following those 2 hurricanes but some how there was no substantial public outcry(no loud cry out for NDP to go!!!)....bite me !!!! because your response to this blog can’t phase me????
  • settle down (11/05/2018, 20:03) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    A new and closer location may not be such a bad thing you know. Settle down folks. There is more than one sheltered place to anchor a boat in the Virgin Islands (BVI).
  • Local (11/05/2018, 20:52) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is an absolutely crazy decision. I wonder what backhander had to be given. The BVI is basically saying to the USVI (in its various measures, not just this) take the charter business back to ISVI and Spanish Virgins, we don’t need you, at a time when the financial services industry is in slow decline. Bravo dr sleepy.
  • Unwelcomed (11/05/2018, 21:05) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ok - we read you loud n clear Orlando...
    We ain’t welcome here. Well guess what - you ain’t welcome here neither - get out already - we ain’t want you at alll.
  • Iyah loud (11/05/2018, 21:23) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    For one of the biggest tourist attraction this is some BULL SHIT!
  • NYC (11/05/2018, 21:26) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Willy T is the tourist promotion for the BVI. You mention you are going to the BVI, the first thing you hear is you have to visit Willy T. The BVI is slowly running the tourist away because of greed.
  • BVILOVER71 (11/05/2018, 23:30) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big mistake. Willy T’s is known by all of us who love the BVI’s. Move it to St. John and bring life back to Coral Bay! USVI would love to have Wily T’s.
  • High mountain saiier (12/05/2018, 00:02) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well let’s see where it lands. VG north sound garden soother who knows. Maybe St. John’s that would be interesting. The restraint on Norman will suffer but Willy Ts will be great Listed ast the top floating Bar. We always go to the Indians snorkel go to Willy Ts then the the bite now we will
    Head out towards cooper then VG hopefully Willy Ts will be there. No need to go to Norman. See you in three weeks.
  • Bri St Thomas (12/05/2018, 00:03) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is it too late to take Norman Island out of the poker run May 27th? I think we should all boycott
  • Love bvi (12/05/2018, 00:33) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just vote with your tourism dollar.

    USVI is cheaper. No fees to visit, no Eco tax, park fees, or bullshit exit taxes. You will not be hassled by lame ass customs and immigration officials who know nothing of respect nor customer service. Alcohol is cheaper in the USVI, food choices more plentiful, and you will get served in less than time from friendlier staff. Not so in BVI.

    As tourism is a "pillar" of economy, see how fast the BVI crumbles without it...
  • KAWAMA (12/05/2018, 03:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    Ok NDP. Keep on doing and doing and doing until you #$%^ yourselves.

  • strategy (12/05/2018, 06:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    There’s no joined up thinking. So I remember going out with a charter from west end with 20 people , snorkelling , a trip to willy T , then lunch at Norman Island , so all these businesses got our dollars and we all had a great day. This business silo mentality will make less profits , joined up is the way to go. Good luck Willy T.
  • ausar (12/05/2018, 08:27) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    "Rubber Duck", not all bars in Cane Garden will be on that chopping block since one is co-owned by Jarecki's neice!
  • Skater 380 boater (12/05/2018, 08:42) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    These guys in government do not care period. As someone else stated they travel on the private jets whenever they fly out (hence rich Caucasian friends statement made by the D7 rep.). Therefore can anyone really believe that decisions involving these said rich friends would ever come down k the side of the common folks here? Nope never! That’s why they don’t want the beneficial ownership register the UK is imposing!!! All this current crop of government persons have lined their pockets in the past 7 years and are in a death march to suck whatever little bit of economic lifeblood out of us all before the ship sinks like Titanic. The ppl are crying out daily but yet no one is taking a closer look at all these poor decisions and their long-term implications for the generations coming up. Where’s the march against the injustices we are seeing here on the ground daily?!?! A bunch of self-serving Tragdolytes out of touch with reality.
  • sad (12/05/2018, 08:47) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really hope that this is crock of ... because the Willy T has been a massive tourism attraction for the BVI for decades. The people behind it have worked their butts off to create this. Time after time when disaster has beset them they have reinvested and kept going. Unlike other who have shamelessly created gofundme pages for their tax-dodging enterprizes, the Willy T has eaten storm losses and taken care of the community: a huge supporter of VISAR and other social endeavours. If Orlando and his cohorts are that cowed by Jareki and the other billionairs who have claimed the BVI as their domicile for tax-avoidance reasons, then they should be ashamed and shamed for their lack of integrity.
  • Penrod (12/05/2018, 08:54) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't care what everybody on here saying...its an injustice what the government did to that business ...yet the same government is saying how the UK is doing us injustice ....ridiculous man ..
  • KC US (12/05/2018, 09:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Offer this to another island. It will be welcomed with open arms. They lose.
  • Minnesota (12/05/2018, 11:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The travel.blogs is a.buzz on this. If Willy T is treated this way, we will no longer visit the BVI or support.the tourist industry there. We will spend.our money in St.Thomas or.another Caribbean Island.
  • Unhappy (12/05/2018, 15:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great Harbour Peter Island would be a great place for it. Chalwell already squatting with a fuel barge so Gov can hardly complain if Willi T does the same. Easier trip for Tolans. Not much further from WE.
  • Fed Up (12/05/2018, 16:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets call a spade a spade here! A certain doctor owns Norman Island and that doctor has very, very deep pockets. Period. You all know who it is.
  • Walter (12/05/2018, 16:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just want to say I saw the Premier having a very fancy dinner with island owner and developer Wednesday evening, May 9th at Pirates Restaurant on the island??? Gee I wonder what was discussed????
  • Sail fast (12/05/2018, 17:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go over to Anegada. All the tourist will be heading that way...you will take the leftover that stayed South.
    Sail fast to the North side!
  • Straight (12/05/2018, 18:15) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    If the Govt. gives an option take the option and relocate Willy TT.
    There are some people who think they can dictate everything for the Govt. Find a next location. People will follow you..
    But don't come on here writing and showing your disrespect for our Govt. It reminds us of something else. Get it straight. The Govt did not say you can't operate. Simple....Find another location. PSHAW man!!
  • boater (12/05/2018, 19:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maybe Poker Run should boycott Pirates Restaurant.
  • Wealthy Tourist (12/05/2018, 20:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    One of the highlights in coming to the BVIs and Norman Island IS the Willy T! There would be no Pirates if the Willy T was not in the Bight. I am absolutely shocked that the Minister of Tourism is behind not allowing an tourist Icon back in port at Norman Island. For shame to be on the take and to say they want to sign off on some project that doesn’t have the Willy T sitting in the water. Is Pirates really that threatened by the Willy T? Let me tell you that it’s US the tourist that make the decisions on whether the BVIs are successful or not. Piss us off and we will easily take our cash somewhere else!!! All of you depend on us especially Pirates and the Minister of Tourism.
  • Cozza (12/05/2018, 22:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boycott the bight. Simple solution.
  • IronMike (13/05/2018, 09:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    First came to the Willie T on the downwind passage through Drake’s Channel driving a 47’ Alvin Trawler on our honeymoon. April 1998. Picked up the mooring ball and dinghied over to the Willie T to find us met with silence as we stepped up to the lazarette bar to be served by a young, drunken, pretty waitress who only wanted to serve us tequila. “Lassy,” says me, “We be parched from the Drake’s doldrums, and want to wet our whistles on cold beers!”
    She made a face but complied and the crowd, which was still easily silent, exhaled a collective breath and broke into laughter when I put down some dollars. “Look! he’s tipping you, Anna!” Someone laughed. And so we met a young in her cups Anna Nicole Smith, an American beauty gone before her time. One more Willie T tale that Pirates will never have. Sad. We will never go to Norman if the Willie T does not return.
  • julie citron (13/05/2018, 14:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    How awful to use the tragedy and destruction of Irma as an excuse to get rid of this icon of the BVIs AND not have the decency to tell Mr. Anderson before he invested in a new boat..... Although, he should know the world will follow the Willy T whereever it goes. There are many goo suggestions posted here as alternative to Norman Island. I would love to have it close enough to take the Kekoa from St. John with the Willy T close enough that we could hit White Bay, Foxy's and Willy T! Or reach it quickly from the Baths. Or moor off St. John! Or Anegada! There's really no need to go to Norman.
  • Sue (13/05/2018, 15:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The hurricane seems to have hit these guys in the head. No pun intended. We love the BVI but will avoid Norman from now on.
  • Tourist (13/05/2018, 17:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    That is a shame they would wait until this man built the new Willie T then tell him. Why didn't they let him know before hand? Is the BVI this crooked or is there more to the story? Either way, this is a shame. The Willie T is one of the main reason people come to the BVI. BVI is already keeping people out by charging such a huge fee just to visit from St John for the day while on a boat. Now this!!
  • rtr (13/05/2018, 20:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kiss Willy T’s long time spot goodby. We all should realize this fact. Norman is owned lock stock and barrel by one of the world’s rich and we can not do a f****ing thing about it. If he and his cronies don’t want the boat in the bay then that’s what he gets. He with the most money gets what he wants, “it is so decreed”. We little ones loose (L).
  • disappointed tourist (13/05/2018, 22:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We donated lots of money after the hurricanes to help the BVIs come back. We also donated money for the Willie T to come back. Now that it's back we can't believe the BVI government will not allow it back to its original location. We are so disappointed with your government. I'm sure it will find another location and we will be there - wherever that may be, but how can decent people deny the owner after all he has done to get a new one so soon. Hey BVI government, don't you know how popular the Willie T actually is. This is one of the reasons we come to the BVIs. We are planning a trip at the end of June there just to show support for the BVI people and help tourism come back, but if the BVI government doesn't care - I'm thinking, "Why should we?" We were hoping to share the Willie T with our children and grandchildren and now that may not happen. Just so disappointed!!!! We really hope the BVI government comes to its senses and reconsiders their decision. Norman Island will feel the loss! If the Willy T doesn't come back to the Bight you can be sure we will NEVER visit Norman Island again. That's a promise!
  • JO (14/05/2018, 08:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bye bye, Bight. No reason to moor in your bay anymore.
  • CDN Sailor (14/05/2018, 10:55) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    We have been visiting BVI's for 20 + years. Norman Island area is our favourite location. Lots of emotion with this decision expressed by many. But what are the facts. If Willie T had a permit to anchor and it expired, an application for renewal should have been sought before the new restaurant was built. The Government should help the owner choose an new location that will work to boost tourism and perhaps help other communities in the BVI's. Promoting the "new development" at Norman might also attract the return of tourists. The people and Government need to be positive to change, look to the future, encourage but manage development to continue to attract tourism. Continue to be the greatest boating destination in the world!
  • BVI Patron (14/05/2018, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    From a yachting tourist looking for fun in the sun, if you want the vast numbers of us to come back to sail the BVI then you must allow the Willy-T. Like it or not that is the reality. it is part of the attraction. You might as well close down Foxy's and the Soggy Dollar.
  • Hmmm (14/05/2018, 22:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Booked our bareboat in Martinique this spring as we were uncertain as to the actual BVI recovery status when we had to commit. Had a great time there - nice boats/charters, beaches, food, economy, etc and now also interested in St Lucia and the Genadines. Always wanted to do the Med someday as well. So, the welcome mat is open elsewhere. Now with this, the door to returning back to the BVI's is closing for us - the WT is a big part of what made it unique. Very foolish of them.
  • Sad To Say (15/05/2018, 09:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    but if case you all did not know there have been many incidents of fight and drowning as a result of the same tourist who go there to have fun and consume to many waters and ended up in the sea and dead. So we all have to look at these situation.
  • Flyhalf (15/05/2018, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Will be sailing next week in the BVI as an owner of a charter boat. We typically spend 5-6 weeks a year in these beautiful islands, bringing guests and spending money. Also contributed to a number of relief funds including the employees of one of the charter companies. We have all been feeling a change in attitude towards tourists and losing Willy T's is just another symptom. This trip we will boycott Norman Island and next time off to other Caribbean and European destinations. It usually boils down to leadership. I hope things change before the damage is irreversible. Good luck to the greater Willy-T family.
  • Vixen (16/05/2018, 16:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Chartered many times in bvi. Kept a boat there for 14 years. Spoke to Anderson more than once. Loved Zeus. This is the dumbest of all moves. Look at other developments by Jerike. Is this really what you want?
  • Bri St Thomas (26/05/2018, 18:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any news on where the Willy T will be for thrbBVI poker run? I know for sure we will not be going to Norman Island


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